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The Big Lift (complete)


Published 1950


This is a complete, 120mn long print of the film. The other print already available on the archive and its ipod derivative are 102mn long, with some scenes cut down or cut out altogether.

Shot on location, The Big Lift is a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift of 1948.
After the Russians decide to blockade West Berlin and no supplies can reach the area via land or water, the US Air Force and other allies steps in to bring food and fuel to the inhabitants via air in spite of dangerous flying conditions. The film follows the adventures of a C-54 flight engineer (Montgomery Clift) and an air traffic controller (Paul Douglas) as they participate in the effort.

External links:
-IMDB page
-American Film Institute entry
-Wikipedia entry

Video: XVID 576x432 24bpp 25fps 1166kbps
Audio: MP3 48kHz 112kbps


original registration:
THE BIG LIFT.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., 1950. 120 min., sd., b&w, 35mm.
© Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.; 26Apr50; LP204.

renewal registration:
none


Run time 119 minutes 19 seconds
Producer William Perlberg
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviews

Reviewer: picfixer - - June 10, 2011
Subject: Cold war classic
Special thanks to the uploader for this one. Based on many viewing of what I now assume was a TV edit, this became one of my favorite '50s films, without ever knowing a longer version existed. Intelligent screenplay, excellent cast and spectacular location and aviation cinematography, with a painless little civics lesson tossed in as a bonus. Highly recommended
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